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Cerna Name Meaning

Spanish and Galician: nickname for a tough, hard-headed individual, from cerna ‘heartwood’. Hungarian (Cérna): from the cérna ‘thread’, hence an metonymic occupational name for a tailor. Czech and Slovak (Cerna): nickname from the feminine form of Czech cerný , Slovak cierny ‘black’, ‘dark’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Cerny, Cerne, Cernak, Cherne, Corda, Cera, Cerda, Corn, Perna, Verna

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Where is the Cerna family from?

You can see how Cerna families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cerna family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Cerna families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 20 Cerna families living in New Mexico. This was about 71% of all the recorded Cerna's in the USA. New Mexico had the highest population of Cerna families in 1880.
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What did your Cerna ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cerna. 60% of Cerna men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Cerna women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cerna were Cook and Laundress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    60%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Cook
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    60%
  • Laundress
    40%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Cerna. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cerna census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Cerna. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 488 military records available for the last name Cerna. For the veterans among your Cerna ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cerna lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Cerna life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Cerna in 1963 was 72, and 64 in 2004.

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